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Online SUP instructor training class
Get trained to be a certified SUP instructor by Blue Planet owner and PSUPA
instructor trainer Robert Stehlik.
This is offered as a two-part online/ in person class:
Part 1- Classroom training (~12 hours)- the theoretical portion of the class will be held online as a two day Zoom class, you can join this online class from anywhere in the world. This will be held on two consecutive Sundays from 9 am to 3 pm Hawaii time- July 11th and July 18th.
Part 2- Practical portion of the class (~6 hours) will be held as a group class on Wednesday, July 21st, 9 am to 3 pm in Honolulu. If you can not participate on this date, you can also request to schedule a private one-on-one certification on a different date or ask to do it with a certified PSUPA instructor trainer closer to you.
Anyone can join the classroom portion of the class but to get certified as a PSUPA SUP instructor, participants must:
Please note: participants must already be competent Stand Up Paddlers (see pre-requisites below). The practical course focuses on the skills needed to teach beginners how to SUP, not on teaching paddle skills to the participants.
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Detailed course description:
The PSUPA Flatwater Level 1 Certification covers the skills you need to teach both a 1- and 2-hour basic SUP class confidently and safely. The curriculum emphasizes general knowledge of equipment and technique, water safety, leadership, and teaching risk management and rescue procedures. You also have the option to learn the basics of running a SUP business.
Certification is awarded upon completing the course. This includes passing all tests and achieving a satisfactory evaluation of your teaching, leadership skills and attention to safety. You will receive a pfd file of the PSUPA Certified Instructors Manual that covers everything covered in the course and more. This certification is a prerequisite for all other PSUPA Certifications.
Minimum Age of Participants: 18 years old.
Learn how to teach a 1- and 2-hour basic SUP class, learn water safety and leadership, in depth knowledge of SUP gear and basic technique.
Optional basic SUP business skills.
Certification Valid for 4 Years: PSUPA certified instructors are required to take a one-day refresher course in their certification every four years to keep their certification valid.
Keeping Certifications Active: Active Annual PSUPA Membership and Current hands-on First Aid / CPR certification is required to keep certification active.
Note: Instructors have the right not to pass students who do not adequately demonstrate the skills and have a poor overall evaluation. If a student who does not pass wants to continue to work toward certification,
If you are not an experienced paddler or don’t yet meet the requirements for this certification, please consider taking some basic and advanced SUP classes from our Instructor Trainers or Certified Instructors before pursuing this certification.
Tests are Pass/Fail with Passing grade at 80% or better.